Summer’s end

01/09/2014 — 22 Comments

Hi, there.

Well another month has come and gone.

I really enjoy last month’s artwork from the Clarity Stampers.

Congratulations to the random winner, hope you enjoy spending you 50 pounds voucherTo the top 5 welldone. To everyone who entered thanks.

This months challenge is nature, and I hope you will have fun with it.

Here is my project and what I used to make it.

Look forward to your comments or questions.

Bye for now.

Naomi

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Distress inks and the essential Clarity brushes.

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The stamps and mics powders.

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Wedding Card

26/08/2014 — 9 Comments
Wedding

Wedding

Hi there,

It’s a busy time around here.

Birthday, Anniversaries and a family wedding.

The Happy Day from Clarity Stamps Limited is a sentiment I have often used.

Sorry for the glare, but gold embossing powder if hard to photograph.

We had a wonderful weekend sharing in and celebrating this happy event.

Bye for now.

Naomi

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Hi,

Well as some of you who read my blog may have gathered this time of year, is a busy one

for members of my Family who have a number of Birthdays and Anniversaries in the July/August period.

This was a card for my Dad on his Birthday. Most of the family was around

so we sent out for a lovely meal, it’s great to celebrate together.

Here is what I used.

Ingredients

Clarity Stencil Brushes (love them)

Clarity Stamps Limited-Curly strip (the background)

Spellbinders frame.

Clarity Stamps Limited-Wheelie-International Alphabet

Clarity Stamps Limited-Happy Birthday from the re-mountable Happy Stamps

Clarity Stamps Limited-Ship.

A selection of distress inks.

Happy Anniversary

19/08/2014 — 2 Comments

Hi, I just want to thank all those who have followed me on my blog,  and on facebook hope you

are enjoying it. Special thanks for those who comment, it makes me feel like I am not just writing for myself.

Tonight I just wanted to share a simple card with you and I hope you like it.

I made this for my husband and after 29 years married, he has been given all kinds of cards.

As I said it was simple to make. A dream weaver stencil I have had for years of the the horse.

I spread some grunge paste through the stencil. When nearly dry I used two different colours of mica

one for the both and the other for the horse’s tail and mane.

A little blending of archival inks around the edges and some matting and layering.

The sentiment is one from my favourite stamp company Clarity Stamps Limited. I stamped with black archival,

cut out with a spellbinders die. I used pin flair glue on the sentiment and on the mat with the horse to give

both a curved effect.

Hope you like it.

Bye for now.

Naomi

 

 

 

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Morning,

Hi there, you won’t believe I have blogged again so soon.

I just wanted to share the little project I made last night.

I used Madeline, a Clarity Stamp Limited Stencil, I adore.

I taped the stencil to the Canvas with low tack masking tape and spread grunge paste through it. Then lifting the stencil off

I sat on my hands to stop me touching it and let it dry.

When it was dry, just barely, I used the following Pan Pastels on it.

Turquoise Shade, Permanent Green Shade, Permanent Red Shade,Bright Yell Green Shade, Neutral Gray Shade,Rich Gold & finally Titanium White.

I love it and hope you do too.

Bye for now.

Naomi

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Hi there,

Well a few years ago, I wanted to go to a crafting retreat in the UK that Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps Limited was running.

I really wanted to go, but as I had not traveled on my own for many years. I was a nervous wreck. But I wanted to go so much I was determined to do it.

I have never regretted it, I had an amazing time, got over my fear and met some super Clarity Crafters many of whom have become some of my closest friends.

So for the past 5 years, each year I have a super crafting holiday for a few days, filled with  super teaching and encouragement, from Barbara Grey and Paul Church, and the Clarity Team. Lots of laughter, support, tips and fun with my friends old and new.

My partner in crime, in running away is one of my sisters-in-law Claire, the one with the desert and yes she did share.

So here are a few pictures of my lovely crafting friends and the group with were with.

So thanks to all for a wonderful time.

I will post some of the things we made in my next blog.

Can’t wait till next year, and remember don’t let fear stop you doing what you want, I am so glad I did’nt.

Bye for now.

Naomi

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Clarity group retreat 2014

 

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Feminine

01/08/2014 — 24 Comments

 

Morning,

Well as I was lucky enjoy to go on holidays, with my hubby and then to spend a few wonderful crafting days

at the Clarity Stamp Retreat, July disappeared in a blink of an eye.

Hopefully I will get a chance to post some pictures of the some of the Clarity Crafters and tell you more about the wonderful projects

we did on the retreat shortly, but as there are a few more days to go, I don’t want to spoil it for those

yet to have their special days in the Company of Barbara, Paul , Dave and the super Clarity Team.

Congratulation to the top 5 and the Winner for last months “Anything Goes” Challenge, God you are so very good, all

of you. I look forward to seeing what you do for this months Challenge which is “Feminine” 

Hope you like my little project.

First I purchased a little in expensive wooden piece in white from a local chain store . Then I added a little personality.


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 I love the leafy swirl stamps and stencils. In this case I used the stencil, with as far as I am concerned, the essential

Clarity Stencil Brushes (bought another set last week), and a little Distress Ink, I used Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick.

I gently applied the Distress Inks with the stencil brushes, moving the stencil around. I used just a touch

of the worn lipstick.

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 Using the same colours and the heart and leaves stencil inked a little piece of canvas paper.

I then cut out two flowers from my stash of dies. and glued them on.

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Finally, I attached one of my fiber and film butterflies (this Clarity Butterfly is my favourite stamp)

I think the final result is simple, elegant and feminine, hope you do too,  let me know what you think.

Bye for now, hope to see your artwork over the next month.

Naomi

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Summer living

01/07/2014 — 20 Comments

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Hi there and good morning.

It’s the 1sr of a new month and this months challenge at the Clarity Stamp  Challenge is anything goes. I cannot

Wait to see what all of you come up with.

Last month we had lots of fantastic enteries, thanks everyone.

This is going to be a short blog but I hope you are inspired by it. I am on holidays at the moment and the internet is acting up so have to keep it short.

The beautiful bird on the napkin is part of the 1st stencil from the new stencil club.

I used fabric paints and sponged it through one part of the stencil. I waited for it to dry and then applied the other colours for some depth.

So simple, leave to air dry, iron on the reserve side, washable at 40 degrees.

I think these Clarity Napkins will really look pretty on the table ouside or in.

Well hope you are inspired, to have a go. Ob nearly forget you can also use with your stamps. I will post one tomorrow.

Don’t forget to enter the challenge

Bye for now.

Naomi

Hope & A promise

07/06/2014 — 8 Comments

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Hi there,

This card was one I made while playing last night.

I have been asked to explain how I made it, so here is a quick step by

step for this simple but I think effective technique.

Ingredients

 

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Step 1

A little distress ink blended on the blending mat and put on the card with a make up sponge.

 

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Step 2

Add some more colours and blend one slightly over the colour next to it.

 

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Step 3

Flick a little water over the coloured card.

This is what it looks like, now.

The amount of water determines the effect, it also looks great if you use a

fine spray bottle, the white splodges are very small.

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Step 4

Blot the water up with a piece of kitchen roll and dry the card with a heat gun, or allow to dry naturally.

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Step 5

Using the Clarity Woodland Mask, black soot distress ink

 and a make up sponge. Put the black soot on the edge of the mask and pull it into the picture gently.

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Step 6

Using the boy, (from the Clarity Men Wheelie Stencil) in the case of the 1st card, with black soot again, stencil the fiqure into the picture.

Finally stamp the word “Hope” from the word chain stamps by Clarity Stamps Limited.

Here are two more examples, hope you like them and

have fun with this technique.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment.

Bye for now.

Naomi

 

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Hi there,

Just a few quick and simple thank you cards.

Each takes just a few minutes, hope you like them.

Bye for now

Naomi